Bikoro, DRC: Jean-Baptiste Youka Ibongo, traditional leader and chief of a territory that covers 275 villages, is an important focal point in the fight to stop the Ebola outbreak. He is working with Emmanuel, Red Cross Community Engagement and Accountability supervisor in Bikoro, to keep his community safe.

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The IFRC’s European Regional Office works in support of 53 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Through its Country Cluster Support Teams and Country Offices, it provides coordination, financial  and technical support for disaster operations and longer term development programmes throughout the region.


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World Disasters Report 2016

This World Disasters Report makes the case simply and eloquently for a different approach to humanitarian action, one that strives to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable and at-risk communities. To paraphrase the report: investing in resilience saves lives and money.

“Resilience is about empowering people to help themselves. It is about putting our plans and efforts at the service of their initiatives and their capacities. We must step past the artificial divide between humanitarian action and development, and constantly be there on the side of communities.” – Elhadj As Sy

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